Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden

Care2Care    By Nikki Fotheringham  January 27, 2015

Have you noticed a dearth of pollinators in your garden of late? Honeybee numbers are declining due to several factors, and it’s finally starting to make headlines. The loss of bee colonies has far-reaching consequences that go well beyond missing the honey on your morning granola. About one third of our crops are pollinated by bees. Without these busy little bugs, fresh fruit and vegetables will become far more expensive, and less available.

In our last article on the subject of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), we discussed how flower choice can make a huge difference to the number of pollinators visiting your garden. Another practical way to help restore bee colonies in your area is to create a bee-friendly garden. By providing shelter, food, and water, you can help the bees in

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Collapse Of The Honeybee Industry Could Cost Hundreds of Billions of Dollars

Business Insider  By Diane Spector  6/24/13

Honeybees don't just produce honey: The hard-working insect is also fundamental to the world's food supply. 

One-third of the food we eat depends on insect pollination, mostly by honeybees that are raised and managed by beekeepers.

The value of insect pollinators on world agricultural production, which accounts for their role in producing better quality and quantity of harvests...

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Why This Honey Bee Research Is So Important

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey   1/10/12

They're on to something.

Definitely.

An international research team has been researching honey bee pollination of almonds in the three-county area of Yolo, Colusa and Stanislaus since 2008, and what these scientists have discovered is astounding.

The bottom line: Honey bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present.

The research, “ 

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